Category Archives: Art

The Life Poem, Summer 2023

April 24th, 2023

The Life Poem: Other Poet’s Poetics

5:30 – 7:30 pm PDT on zoom

You can sign up here

This is an ongoing drop-in poetry discussion group.

Each week, we’ll focus on a different book of poetry, considering what makes this poet’s (or group of poets) work tick.

Tuesday, May 16: Black Mountain Poems (an anthology of Black Mountain poets, 1933-1956, published 2019)

Monday, May 22: W. S. Merwin, The Lice (1967)

Wednesday, June 7: Etel Adnan, Sea and Fog (2012)

Monday, June 12: Saeed Jones, Alive at the End of the World (2022)

Tuesday, July 18: Lia Purpura, All the Fierce Tethers (lyric essay, 2019)

Tuesday, Aug 8: Victoria Chang, The Trees Witness Everything (2021)

Monday, Aug 14: Solmaz Sharif, Customs (2022)

Wednesday, Aug 23: Aisha Sabatini Sloan, Borealis (lyric essay, 2021)

Monday, Aug 28: Jorie Graham, To 2040 (2023)

In the last Life Poem class, we came up with this set of criteria as one way to consider what constitutes a poetics:

  • Question (What is the poet’s central question throughout their work?)
  • Ear (To what music(s) does the poet gravitate? What versions of silence does the poet love most?)
  • Line (How does the poet shape poetic lines?)
  • Image (How does the poet make poetic images?)
  • Lineage (Who has influenced the poet? Who is in the poet’s poetic family tree?)
  • Ethics (What does the poet think is a poet’s cultural role/responsibilities?)
  • Audience (To or for whom is the poet writing?)

We’ll ask these questions and find more questions as a way to continue to build our own life poems.

Whether you consider yourself a poet or not, this is good, deep work. It’ll change how you think and see the world.

No experience with poetry is required.

I’ve decided to focus each class on one book rather than picking individual poems to consider. This seems fairer to the poet and it gives us all the opportunity to cozy up with a real book, hurray. If buying the book poses financial challenges for you, let me know. Used copies of most of these books are available.

I’ll also provide supplemental readings and media (essays, interviews, videos, related poems) as well as a summary of what I see as some key features of the poet’s poetics and some additional ideas to consider before class. I’ll send these things roughly two weeks before the class to everyone who has signed up.

We’ll do a little bit of very informal in-class writing but this won’t be a workshop. You need not be a poet to enjoy this class.

Please register for the class or classes you wish to attend now as this will allow me to plan.

Sliding scale, $18-180 per class, suggested donation $36 per class — pay what makes sense for your financial circumstances. Thank you. If you have questions about this pricing, be in touch!

Venmo: @Daniela-Molnar

Paypal: @dnmolnar

Or mail me a check, be in touch for my address.

Poetry reading at Round Weather gallery with Brenda Hillman on Feb 23, 2023

January 22nd, 2023–daniela-naomi-molnar-reading-in-sets-3QdrdxLNfxqJhCpKxGAT6d

Feb 23, 2023

5:00 – 6:30 PM

Gallery doors open 5 PM, Reading starts 5:30 PM


The Round Weather Poetry Reading Series commences with a reading by Brenda Hillman and Daniela Naomi Molnar, both drawing from their new collections. They’ll read in two short sets that may respond to each other’s selections in the moment. The reading celebrates the release of Hillman’s In a Few Minutes Before Later (Wesleyan) and Molnar’s CHORUS (Omnidawn). It will take place within Molnar’s solo art show, also titled CHORUS.

Round Weather gallery is located at 951 Aileen St., Unit P, Oakland, CA 94608




Solo show at Round Weather gallery

January 21st, 2023

“Daniela Naomi Molnar: CHORUS rings out from Round Weather, and we’ve timed Molnar’s first solo exhibition of sorrow-forged cyanotypes and wonder-foraged watercolors in concert with the release of her first book of poems CHORUS, winner of the Omnidawn 1st/2nd Book Award.” See images and read more here…

OPB Art Beat profile

May 7th, 2022

This profile offers a good introduction to what I do and why I do it. I’m so grateful to all the good people who made it happen.

New essay in Oregon Humanities magazine

January 17th, 2022

“How to Build a Kite: On ecology, grief, and the illusion of closure”

Thanks to Sophia Hatzikos for the gorgeous photographs and to the excellent editors at Oregon Humanities.


Anchorage Art Museum Podcast

May 28th, 2021

EP 015 Glacial Erratics Part 2: Understanding our relationship with mutations, kin and hybrid bodies

It was a delight and an honor to be part of this conversation about “Mutations, Kin and Hybrid Bodies.” Mixed media artist Flavia D’Urso, artist and engineer Jiabao Li and artist Tyler Rai and I spoke about the ever-changing conditions of climate change, how our interdependence across species presents hybridized forms of collaboration and how, as a result, we are challenged to expand the ways we understand change and resilience.

Participating artist in “Extraction: Art on the Edge of the Abyss”

February 16th, 2021

I am honored to have been selected to participate in “Extraction: Art on the Edge of the Abyss”, a multimedia, multi-venue, cross-border art intervention which seeks to provoke societal change by exposing and interrogating the negative social and environmental consequences of industrialized natural resource extraction.

Output: Art after Fire

December 10th, 2020

I’m delighted to have been selected to participate in a mentored fellowship with Output: Art After Fire. Read more about the project here:

Updates on my work for this project will appear on the Words in Place site.


Interview with Variable West

December 10th, 2020

Such a wonderful publication! This interview allowed me to expand upon and update many of the ideas I talked about in my interview with the LA Times.

Climate Grief and Embracing Beautiful Confusion: Daniela Molnar Interviewed

Residency with Mission Street Arts

September 4th, 2020

I’m excited and honored to have been awarded a residency at Mission Street Arts in Jemez Springs, New Mexico. I will be re-engaging the Words in Place project while I’m there, as well as continuing my ongoing painting projects.